Martha Ballard's Diary, April 27 - May 3, 1788

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Clear & Cool. I attended worship. there were more people at meeting than has been Lately. I Calld to see mr Williams, he thinks he is better. Eliphalet Robbins has Broke his Collar Bone & hurt his arm. at meeting.  
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rain. Snow & Haill & Cold. mr Voce been here to work. Cyrus got Some wood for mr Williams. Thee Girls & I washt. Jona Bot A Tea Pott. at home.  
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Clear part of ye Day. I have Knitt on Hannahs Stockin. Dolly Spoold a warp for Jona & I; 24 Skeins. mr Voce here. Samuel Blake was interd. he Departed This Life yesterday.  
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Clear. I have been at home. Dolly warpt & Drawd in her web. mr Voce here. mr Densmore brot mr Ballards Breeches home.   
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Clear till Eving & then rain. mr Voce was Calld away at noon to attend a Coart between Thos Sewall plantf & Revd mr Foster Defendt. mrs Pollard here to instruct Dolly about her weaving. I have been at home. Danl Rollins Sleeps here. Joseph Fosters wife Came home yesterday. Revd mr Fosters Tryal in an action commenct by Thos Sewall. at home.  
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Cloudy & raind a little. mr Voce finisht our Bed rooms. Jona & Danl Robbins Brot a Barril of Cyder here. Hannah has wove 1 yd of Cloath. I have been at home; wound quills & knit some on Hannahs Stocking. I had ye Cramp This night; had a verySevere fit of the Cramp. mr Ballard & Dats wereup attending me.  
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Clear. we Cleand Bedsteads & washt rooms. Dorcas Pollard warpt a piece. David Learned Came here fore nn. I went to See Joseph Fosters wife & others. Doct Barton Came at Evin, Brot Letters from our Friends, one from Brot Ballard; one from Broth Colins; from Sisters Barton & Waters also. at Josh Fosters.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.